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Dr. James Eckman

Winship Cancer Institute Emory University School of Medicine
Professor Emeritus Hematology and Medical Oncology
Dr. Eckman practiced academic medicine for more than 41 years establishing the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, the world’s first 24-hour, comprehensive acute care sickle cell program, which presently serves a patient population of more than 1,000 active patients from a population of over 5,500 registered patients. His did extensive research in basic sciences, translational research, clinical research and clinical trials.  His other interest is in public health services for individuals with genetic diseases. He has been active in Georgia, the Southeastern Region, nationally and internationally in improving health care for individuals with hemoglobin disorders using public health approaches. He first focused on newborn screening and now that survival has improved, his focus is on transition and improving the adult medical home. He has been an active member of the Oversight Steering Committee for HRSA/MCHB Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Program (SCDTDP) for both funding periods.  He collaborated with the CDC RuSH and PHReSH project leading writing projects and outreach education and am committed to establishing surveillance and a registry for this population.  He is participating in a HRSA project with Georgia Children’s Medical Services to improve transition in youth with hemoglobin disorders.  He remains active in education, mentoring young faculty, providing lectures and developing curriculum.  He is presently working in Georgia to improve access to care for individuals with sickle cell disease.  The focus is improving access to and utilization of a primary care medical home in adults with sickle cell disease.  He is also working on methods of transitioning youth with sickle cell from pediatric centered to adult centered medical homes in Georgia that will work in many different care settings.